Thousands take part in online Céilí in the Kitchen 

With most festivals and fleadhs cancelled for the summer, musicians and performers are coming up with novel ideas to keep music going online.

At the weekend, thousands took part in the first-ever online Céilí in the Kitchen where families or socially-distant friends posted videos on Facebook and elsewhere of their celebration of Irish traditional music and dancing.

Previously, house-dances were a major feature of Irish life with neighbours in rural areas in particular crowding into each other’s homes for a long night of sets, music, storytelling and craic.


The weekend’s online Céilí in the Kitchen was the brainchild of Áirc Damhsa – an award winning dance club first set up in 2004 by dancer and choreographer Edwina Guckian from Drumsna, Co. Leitrim. The club, now in it’s 15th year, has grown hugely in popularity and success and is now located in 9 counties across Ireland.

As part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 they decided to revisit the tradition in a big way.


The Céilí took off across the country on Sunday.


Sometimes three generations were involved.


Check out this amazing céilí in the cottage:


And music came from near and far – including Japan.



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